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Miftah-ul-Janna (Booklet for way to Paradise)

elatives. A girl cannot

elatives. A girl cannot marry one of her mahram relatives. It is permissible for her to sit in their presence without covering herself so strictly as she would do in the presence of men who are nâmahram to her. She can stay with one of her mahram relatives in private in a closed room or undertake a long-distance journey with him. When one of her relatives that are not mahram comes to their place, she says to him, “Welcome,” in the presence of her husband or women who are her relatives and with her entire body covered with the exception of her face. She serves coffee, tea or the like. But she does not sit there. Muslims should adhere to books teaching Islam, rather than customs and etiquettes. Every Muslim should teach his wife Islam’s credal and practical tenets; if he is not learned enough, he should send her to a woman learned enough to teach her and sâliha (pious) enough (for them to trust her). If he cannot find a woman who obeys Islam and avoids harâms, he and his wife should sit together and read books teaching Islam correctly and written by scholars of Ahl as-sunnat; thereby both of them will learn Islam, îmân, harâms and farzes well. He should not contaminate his home with heretical books of tafsîr written by men of religion without a certain Madhhab; books of that sort should not be read. He should not bring home radios and televisions with programs destructive to Islam and deleterious to ethics. They are worse than evil company. They will spoil the faith and moral behaviour of your wife and children. Wives and daughters should be busy doing housework; they should not be made to work in fields or factories or banks or companies or civil services. Wives and daughters do not have to help their husbands and fathers in arts and trade. It is the man’s duty to do these chores and to buy their domestic needs at shops and markets and bring them home. If the woman is forced to do these things, her faith, her moral behaviour and her health will be impaired. The world and the Hereafter of both of them will be ruined completely. They will feel bitter remorse, yet to no avail. For, it will not rescue them from sins and disasters. A person who obeys Islam will attain comfort both in this world and in the Hereafter. We should adapt ourselves to books teaching us our religion and we should not fall for the smiles and the suave words on the part of evil company and the (hypocritical people called) munâfiqs. We should protect our daughters and sons as well against harâms. We should send our sons to schools employing Muslim teachers. The woman does not need to work among men in stores, shops, factories or civil services. If she does not have a husband, or if her husband is an – 252 –

invalid, the woman’s mahram relatives have to provide all her needs. If these relatives of hers are poor, then the State has to grant her an ample allowance. Allâhu ta’âlâ places all the woman’s needs at her disposal. He imposes the burden of making a living on the man. Although the woman does not have to work for a living, He gives her half the man’s share from the inherited property. The woman’s duties consist of indoor activities. And the first and foremost of these activities is to raise the children. The child’s elementary murshid (guide) is its mother. Once a child has learned religious and ethical teachings from its mother, it can never be misguided by irreligious teachers, by evil company, or by the lies of zindiqs who are Islam’s enemies. It becomes a true Muslim like its parents. Please see the twelfth chapter of the fifth fascicle, and also the fifteenth chapter of the sixth fascicle, of Endless Bliss! Munâfiqs who carry on inimical activities against Islam are called zindiqs.] CONCERNING the TEJHÎZ and the TEKFÎN and the TEDFÎN of a JANÂZA (How To WASH and SWATHE and BURY a DEAD MUSLIM) To perform a namâz of janâza, to wash and swathe and bury a dead Muslim are, all, acts of farz worship. To wash a dead Muslim’s body, the corpse is made to lie flat on its back on a marble or wooden bench placed somewhere in solitude. Its shirt is taken off. It is made to make an ablution. The upper part of its body, from head to navel, is washed with lukewarm water. Then its part between the navel and the knees is covered and washed. The person doing the washing wears a glove on their right hand. They insert that (gloved) hand under the cover, pour water and wash that (covered) part. They should not look at the part under the cover. Then the corpse is turned leftward and its right side is washed; thereafter it is turned rightward and its left side is washed with the gloved hand. One of the three parts of the shroud is spread on the bench and under the corpse. Then the spread cloth and the corpse on it are placed into the coffin. There are three kinds of shroud (kefen): The kefen-i-farz, [which is also called the kefen-i-darûrat;] the kefen-i-sunnat; and the kefen-i-kifâya. – 253 –

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